Hepburn Inspired Glamour at the Duke!

Thursday 29th September, 2016|Category: News

We are so delighted to finally be able to share the stunning photographs from our 1950’s Hepburn Glamour inspired stylised shoot, make sure you pick up a copy of WED Magazine to see the images in print! The photos were taken by the very talented Toby Lowe in our newly refurbished Hayward Room. We have worked with Toby on a number of occasions in the past and have always been impressed. We met Toby at our Wedding Collection last year and immediately fell in love with his style, we knew straight away that we’d love to work with him and we hope you agree that he captured something very special at the hotel.

We would highly recommend Toby to any couples looking for a photographer for their big day and we are sure that upon meeting him, you will love him as much as we do! For more on his inspiration keep reading below…

Every shoot that we have the pleasure of doing features some of the South West’s finest Wedding talent allowing us to truly showcase local businesses and celebrate all of the super suppliers we have on the doorstep!

We wanted to do a little shout out for everyone involved!

The gorgeous dresses were designed by Christine Trewinnard! Aren’t they sensational and all so different. We were very luck as Christine made one dress especially for our shoot!!

They were modelled beautifully by the lovely Rachael Tredwin. Christine is a wedding dress designer based in Cornwall with experience of working in London Haute Couture Houses. Christine works to create a flattering design, which combined with the perfect fit result in a truly exceptional hand crafted creation. We saw many of the gowns on our catwalk last week and they looked stunning!

Flourish provided the flowers and styled the shoot on the day with extravagant centrepieces incorporating both silk flowers and white feathers, we thought it looked perfect with the Hayward colour palette and had such a grand feel to compliment the room. Flourish can help couples who would like a Hollywood wedding without the celebrity budget and can provide beautiful finishing touches along with magical sparkle to make your day truly special.

The stunning cake (or should we say cakes!) were created by Cut Me Off a Slice who we absolutely love working with. The company is owned by Rachel and Lisa who are both passionate about the business which has taken it from strength to strength. Specialising in sugar flowers and bespoke cake designs, Cut me off a Slice has won a number of prestigious awards including the Wedding Industry Award for the South West Region – Wedding Cake Designer 2016. Not only do they look incredible, but they taste great!

The wedding stationery was provided by the amazing Anon Design which was founded by close friends Erica and Lyndsey due to their shared passion for graphic design and illustration. Their designs complimented the tables beautifully. With over ten years’ experience in the wedding and creative industry, all designs are fully customisable, where you can not only change wording, but also the colours to fit in with your theme.

Sitting Pretty styled our chairs for the shoot using their gorgeous white chair covers. Helen came up with the idea for the business whilst trying to plan her own wedding, when she discovered a lack of quality in professionally fitted chair covers which did not meet her high standards. Sitting Pretty provide a range of chair cover, sashes, table runners and accessories in a wide variety of colours.

All of the jewellery and accessories were from one of our favourite suppliers, The Lucky Sixpence who offer a range of stunning pieces as well as a bespoke service. For us choosing which piece to use was the hardest part, they are all so gorgeous. If you have an idea of a piece you would like, Janie can take inspiration from your dress or shoes, or possibly incorporate a cherished item that you may not want to wear as it is, but turn it into something you will love!

No4 Hair Boutique styled Rachael’s hair for the shoot, didn’t it look wonderful! Set up in 2008, No4 Hair are synonymous with luxury, offering a wide variety of treatments including colouring, highlighting and styling. Every bride wants to look her best on the day of their wedding and it can be daunting to think about the getting ready process. Why not put your feet up and leave it to the professionals who will have you looking glamorous and feeling great!

Make up was provided by Rebecca Searle, an experienced freelance make-up artist working in Devon and Cornwall. Rebecca is available for weddings, photoshoots and television work and has trained in London’s most prestigious make-up schools and privately with make-up artist David Horne.

Ashley Casey was our male model and his suit was provided by The Groom’s Room in Plymouth, who have a range of smart suits, shoes and accessories to make sure your groomsmen are ready for the big day. They offer suits both for sale as well as to hire and have a variety of styles to suit any theme.

Baxter and Ted created a video of the shoot which can be found here. We think it is utterly sensational and cannot thank them enough for producing yet another show stopping film! The sharp footage coupled with Super 8 is the perfect blend for the Duke, marrying old and new seamlessly. They are a boutique filmmaking company producing bespoke, beautifully crafted films for weddings, love stories, people and places. They are passionate, experienced filmmakers and storytellers who love documenting life with their cameras.

All of these suppliers worked together to create a fantastic shoot, with the end result being truly stunning. We hope you have enjoyed looking at the photos as much as we have!

We thought we’d give Toby the final word on his inspiration for the day.

“When I walked around the Duke of Cornwall, I was struck by the history and heritage of the building. There’s a feeling of grandeur throughout the hotel, from the entrance and staircase to the beautiful period features of the rooms. As a long-standing fan of 1950s cinema, I had the idea that the Duke’s period charm would work perfectly as a backdrop for a vintage wedding photoshoot – a chance to recreate some of the style of those classic Audrey Hepburn films.

The shoot was set in the Duke’s Hayward Room, which has been recently refurbished and looks stunning. The room played a big part in the images I created. Without a doubt, the dress spinning shot taken here is my favourite from the day – it came out just how I imagined it – but I’m pleased with the whole shoot. I loved the chance to work in this fantastic building and to re-capture some of the timeless glamour of the classic Hollywood era.”